|Quick takes: Hayat Sindi - PopTech|
2010 Science Fellow Hayat Sindi co-founded Diagnostics For All to offer point-of-care diagnostic tools micro-fabricated in paper. These technologies allow healthcare workers to monitor the treatment of the 60% of people living beyond the reach of medical infrastructures. Sindi is also an advocate for science education and careers for women in the Middle East. Drawings: Peter Durand
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Health; Technology; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Medicine; Shorts; Quick takes; Science Fellows 2010 shorts
|Lloyd and Zimbalist: Memory mapping the news - PopTech|
Alexis Lloyd and Michael Zimbalist, both from the New York Times R&D Lab, describe a new app for memory mapping the news, which they created for PopTech's iPad app. Unlike the old model of top-down publishing, it allows consumers to combine news with their own personal memories. Users can see timelines in real and perceived time and view stories from the archives within the context of their own lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Culture; Internet; Journalism; Mapping; Emerging Tech
|Zach Lieberman: Interactive Art - PopTech|
Artist Zach Lieberman uses interactive media to inspire - and explore the relationship between technology, performance, and the body. His recent projects include an open-source eye-tracking system that allows disabled artists to draw using their eyes and a performance that includes drawn sketches that react to a visitors' touch.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Technology; Art; PopTech 2009
|Mukara Meredith - PopTech|
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation; Interviews; Design
|Erica Williams on Youth Politics - PopTech|
Erica Williams is a Washington, D.C.-based activist and commentator who currently serves as the Deputy Director of Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress. In this riveting Poptech talk, Williams discusses how the Millennial generation--today's 18-30 year olds--are re-imagining the nature of political engagement.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Activism; Community; Politics; Justice; Government; PopTech 2009; Youth
|Arvind Subramanian: China’s ascendance - PopTech|
Arvind Subramanian explains that China's ascendance is not approaching but already upon us. The country's growing dominance will be more imminent, broader in scope and greater than previously imagined. He asks us to imagine a world with, not the G20, nor even the G2, but the sole G1: the reality is that China will rule the world. What does this mean for an increasingly vulnerable United States?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Culture; Politics; Geography; Governance; Nationalism
|Nina Dudnik: Seeding Labs - PopTech|
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Nina Dudnik's organization, Seeding Labs, takes discarded lab equipment from the United States to needy labs in other countries. As part of its commitment, Seeding Labs also connects scientists from the U.S. with their counterparts in Africa and South America.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Education; PopTech 2010; Africa
|Chris Chabris: When Intuition Fails - PopTech|
Psychologist and neuroscientist Chris Chabris studies how rarely we see the world as it really is. A creator of the famous "gorilla experiment," Chabris' work reveals how relying on our intuitions is perilous. Because of copyright issues, we're unable to show the video in its entirety. Please watch the Invisible Gorilla video prior to this talk.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Psychology; Culture; PopTech 2010; Neuroscience; Mind
|Jake Porway's Data Without Borders - PopTech|
What happens when ambitious and talented data scientists are connected with social organizations rife with data but lacking resources to do anything with it? Jake Porway's DataKind (formerly Data Without Borders) helps bring these two groups together, using data in the service of humanity to design transformative visualizations and decision-making tools.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Data; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Mapping; DIY; Social Innovation Fellows; Emerging Tech
|Shorts: Tony Orrico performs at PopTech - PopTech|
Artist and choreographer Tony Orrico impressed us with a performance of his work at PopTech's closing night party this year. In this video, he creates a smaller scale version of his durational Penwald Drawings, in which he uses his body to inscribe geometric shapes on paper, recording his motion meticulously and with grace.
|Brooke Betts Farrell: Waste as Treasure - PopTech|
Brooke Betts Farrell's idea is simple - she wants her company, RecycleMatch, to be the eBay of trash. Matching those who have waste with those who need it, RecycleMatch lowers costs, reduces waste and accelerates green innovation.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Business; Green; Sustainability; Ecology; PopTech 2010; Collaboration
|Rose Goslinga: Farmer microinsurance - PopTech|
Traditional crop insurance relies on farms visits, a proposition which doesn't add up for small farms. Kilimo Salama, run by Rose Goslinga, uses creative, low-cost methods, such as weather stations, to remotely determine whether drought conditions justify payout. Able to invest more at lower risk, Kenyan farmers are producing historic crop yields.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Fellows; Africa; Entrepreneur; Innovation; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Agriculture
|Yasser Ansari: Citizen Science - PopTech|
Yasser Ansari's Project Noah (Networked Organisms and Habitats), strives to be what he calls "a field guide for every organism." Inspired by Darwin's Field Guide, bio-instruments, and a little bit of steampunk, the platform encourages citizen scientists to step into the world, eyes open, and begin documenting what they find.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Mobile; Environment; Biology; Activism; Green; PopTech 2010; Ecology
|Yasser Ansari: Networked Organisms - PopTech|
Yasser Ansari, self-described bio geek-turned-telecom nerd, wants to help boost eco-literacy. To do so, he has created Noah, an online platform and mobile application that allows "curious naturalists" to contribute to ongoing scientific research through data collection and documentation efforts.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mobile; Data; Science; Crowdsourcing; Living Systems DC Salon 2010
|Sean Gourley: Tracking Innovation - PopTech|
Sean Gourley is a mathematician who has spent the last seven years using math to understand war and insurgency. He is now applying that understanding to develop ways to map technology companies - in search of the "technology genome."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Business; PopTech 2010; Mapping; Technology
|Paula Kahumbu: Conservation 2.0 - PopTech|
As executive director of WildlifeDirect, 2009 PopTech Fellow Paula Kahumbu is building a global wildlife conservation community that connects conservationists and their supporters through blogs and direct funding. The goal: a movement powerful enough to reverse catastrophic species loss in Africa and around the world.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Africa; Fellows; Sustainability; Technology; Community; Social Innovation; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009
|Gidon Eshel: The Impact of Food - PopTech|
Gidon Eshel is a statistician who grew up working on a dairy farm on an Israeli Kibbutz, a combination that's led to a deep knowledge of how what we eat affects our planet. His finding: a meat-based diet far exceeds the carbon emissions of a plant-based diet - meaning that most people's usual way of eating - the Mean American Diet - is truly "MAD."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Food; Environment; Climate; Culture; Energy; PopTech 2010
|Alec Ross on Statecraft 3.0 - PopTech|
Senior Advisor on Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Alec Ross, says it's time to reboot US diplomatic efforts abroad. Ross calls for 21st century statecraft based on the innovative use of new media. Previously, Ross co-founded One Economy, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, and brought his expertise to then Senator Obama's presidential campaign.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Government; Politics; PopTech 2009; Economics; Technology; Internet
|Christen Lien: Viola Expressions - PopTech|
Violist Christen Lien combines her classical training with experimental acoustic and electronic sounds and a looping machine. What results is mesmerizing, layers of music that one fan called "a bridge to the divine." This song, "Unconditional," appears on Lien's debut album Vol I: Battle Cry.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; Culture; Living Systems DC Salon 2010
|Kyna Leski: Creative processes - PopTech|
Kyna Leski is a designer and architecture professor at RISD, where she explores the craft of architecture as a design form. Artistic sensibility, she suggests, comes from the actual process of gathering, seeing, and grasping -- allowing us to "know" the world. She is also Principal at 3six0 Architecture. (www.3six0.com)
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Technology; Architecture; Mind; PopTech 2009; Art
|Donald Ingber: Serendipitous science - PopTech|
Donald Ingber explains how taking an undergraduate sculpture course while learning how to culture cells led to an unexpected breakthrough in understanding cellular construction. He believes an open mind for serendipity correlates to innovations in a diverse range of fields -- from the "lung-on-a-chip" to "DNA origami."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2010; Biology; Health; Innovation; Medicine
|Alan Rabinowitz: Saving Big Cats - PopTech|
Alan Rabinowitz overcame a debilitating stutter to lend his voice on behalf of big cats. After creating the world's first jaguar sanctuary and world's largest tiger reserve, the wildlife biologist now calls for new models of conservation that rely on wildlife corridors to allow humans and animals to coexist more peacefully.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; PopTech 2010; Sustainability; Ecology; Big Systems; Activism
|John Fetterman: Reviving Braddock - PopTech|
Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman is fighting for the future of his rust belt town's future. Braddock has lost ninety percent of its buildings and most of its population. Yet Fetterman's ambitious plans include repurposing abandoned lots and fostering numerous arts and community initiatives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Governance; Urbanization; Economics; PopTech 2009
|Kevin Starr: Lasting Impact - PopTech|
Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation director, looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. He thinks all projects need to answer four questions: Is it needed? Does it work? Will it get to those who need it? Will they use it correctly when they get it? Too many bad ideas are using up our limited resources and that needs to change.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Poverty; Development; Business; Sustainability; PopTech 2010; Big Systems; Social Innovation
|Porter and Mykleby: A Grand Strategy for the Nation - PopTech|
Naval Captain Wayne Porter and Col. Mark Mykleby of the Marines, military strategists working at the highest level of government, present highlights from their paper, "A National Strategic Narrative." Their ideas--less military force, more social capital and more sustainable practices in energy and agriculture--have caused a recent stir in policy communities.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Politics; Democracy; Governance; Resilience; Nationalism
|Shorts: Food as revolution - PopTech|
What better way to welcome PopTech attendees to Maine than by inviting them to participate in a cooking class run by Salt Water Farm's chef/owner Annemarie Ahearn and farm director Ladleah Dunn?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Business; Design; Energy; Entertainment
|Casey Dunn: Evolving Diversity - PopTech|
Casey Dunn"Casey Dunn is rethinking where individuality begins. He is fascinated by siphonophores, deep sea superorganinisms comprised of thousands of organisms that are genetically identical but function in different ways. How have evolutionary pressures acted on the siphonophore and the individual organisms within it?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Biology; Evolution; Environment; Ocean; PopTech 2010
|Nathan Eagle: Global mobile workforce - PopTech|
Nathan Eagle is harnessing mobile phone data in emerging markets. He's launched txteagle, a program that enables the under-employed to earn money or phone credits by performing tasks on their cell phones. Through partnerships with over 220 mobile phone operators, txteagle is active in nearly 100 countries.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Africa; Mobile; Development; Business; PopTech 2010
|Bhagwan Chowdhry's Financial Access at Birth - PopTech|
Bhagwan Chowdhry started Financial Access at Birth (FAB), which aims to give every child born in the world an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account so the next generation would have access to financial services in a few decades.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Development; Poverty; Design; DIY
|Salinee Tavaranan: Micro-Energy - PopTech|
Social Innovation Fellow Salinee Tavaranan and the Border Green Energy Team are helping to bring light to some of the world's darkest places. She and her team work on the border of her homeland, Thailand, and Burma, a country that's been embroiled in civil war for over sixty years, to bring solar power to clinics and medical facilities that desperately need it.
|Shorts: Zeb and Haniya in the park - PopTech|
Zeb and Haniya, a singer-songwriter duo from Lahore, Pakistan and PopTech 2011 performers perform in the Camden Village Green.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Culture; Shorts; PopTech 2011 shorts; Business; Design
|Leila Janah: Jobs Fight Poverty - PopTech|
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Leila Janah founded Samasource to bring digitally connected jobs to people living in poverty, providing computer-based microwork via the Internet. Her philosophy: "Handouts are not going to end global poverty, but work -- real work -- just might."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Africa; Poverty; PopTech 2010; Internet
|Energy disruptors: Jay Keasling on plant-based fuels - PopTech|
Jay Keasling, a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, grew up on a farm in Nebraska where his father raised corn. He decided to apply his past to what he'd been doing for years, engineering microbes to produce chemicals. He's turned his attention to solving the world's energy crisis, using plants to engineer clean-burning fuels that will replace oil.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Energy disruptors shorts; Shorts; Energy disruptors; Emerging Tech; Environment; Green
|Lauren Abramson: Better Justice - PopTech|
As the founder of the Community Conferencing Center, Social Innovation Fellow Lauren Abramson works to alter how society typically responds to crime and conflict -- changing the focus from punishment to accountability, healing, and learning.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Psychology; Conflict; PopTech 2010; Community; Justice
|Asil Abulil, Nour Al-Arda, Asil Shaar, and Jameela Khaled Innovate from the Edge - PopTech|
Inspired to help a blind friend navigate the streets of their West Bank refugee camp, Palestinian students Asil Abulil, Nour Al-Arda, and Asil Shaar and their teacher Jameela Khaled, designed a cane that beeps and vibrates, which won an award at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Youth; PopTech 2010; Innovation; Entrepreneur
|Jonathan Rothberg: DNA Testing - PopTech|
After his infant son was rushed to intensive care, Jonathan Rothberg was driven to invent high-speed DNA sequencing. His work ushered in the era of personal genetics and today his technology is used in laboratories and medical centers all over the world. Rothberg's efforts led the way towards the first sequence of an individual human genome.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Science; Biology; Emerging Tech
|Reuben Margolin's Kinetic Art - PopTech|
First inspired by the mysterious and mathematical qualities of a caterpillar's crawl, artist Reuben Margolin creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that use pulleys and motors to create the complex movements and structures we see in nature. Margolin takes to the PopTech stage to share some of his extraordinary mechanical installations.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Art; Engineering; PopTech 2009
|Amishi Jha: Building Attention - PopTech|
Amishi Jha is a brain scientist who is working on ways to train brains to pay better attention. How can mindfulness training help people in high-stress situations - from medical staff to soldiers - better navigate their challenging environments?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Science Fellows 2010; PopTech 2010; Mind; Neuroscience; Fellows
|Assaf Biderman: Sentient Cities - PopTech|
Assaf Biderman is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, an MIT university research group that explores the "real-time city" by studying how distributed technologies can be used to improve our understanding of cities and create a more sustainable ways of interacting in urban environments.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mapping; Climate; Urbanization; Visualizations; Data; PopTech 2009; Mobile
|Willie Smits: Saving Rainforests - PopTech|
Biologist Willie Smits has spent the last thirty years searching for ways to restore fragile ecosystems. From his home in Indonesia - a leading producer of greenhouse gases - Smits has discovered a method of sustainable energy production: using the forest to generate biofuels with a carbon-positive impact.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Technology; Energy; Climate; Ecology; Green; PopTech 2009
|Anthony Doerr: Am I Still Here - PopTech|
Fiction writer and memoirist Anthony Doerr is the author of three books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. Here, the award-winning writer shares a story about how networked technologies can alienate us from nature and the things that matter most.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; Technology; Literature; Internet; Climate; PopTech 2009
|Dennis Littky on Big Picture Ed - PopTech|
The co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning, Dennis Littky believes that cookie-cutter teaching fails too many students. So Littky works to make alternative, non-standardized curriculums the new standard. Big Picture now has more than 70 schools nationwide.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Education; Youth; PopTech 2009; Big Systems
|Erik Hersman: Africa on the rise - PopTech|
Erik Hersman asks us to shed outdated notions of Africa as a unified place plagued by starvation and war. Between mobile phone innovations like M-PESA, social networking like MXit and entrepreneurial spaces like Maker Faire Africa, Hersman sees innovation and entrepreneurship exploding within some of Africa's--and the world's--fastest growing economies.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Culture; Development; Africa; DIY
|Patrick Meier & Josh Nesbit: The Haiti 4636 Story - PopTech|
Patrick Meier, director of crisis mapping at Ushahidi, and Josh Nesbit, executive director of Medic Mobile (formerly FrontlineSMS: Medic) describe their organizations' collaborative response to the Haiti earthquake using text messaging, mobile mapping, and a cadre of dedicated volunteers.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mobile; Innovation; Data; Activism; PopTech 2010; Collaboration; Mapping
|Ashley Merryman on Parenting - PopTech|
Ashley Merryman has co-authored numerous articles about parenthood. Over the past two years, she and journalist Po Bronson have collaborated on an award-winning series of articles in New York Magazine. Their most recent work, a book titled NurtureShock, explores cutting edge research that challenges many familiar myths about how to best parent kids.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Education; PopTech 2009; Journalism; Psychology
|Lorrie Vogel: Pioneering designs - PopTech|
As General Manager for Nike's "Considered" team, Lorrie Vogel is conducting pioneering research in sustainable product design. Vogel says that green design requires fundamentally altering Nike business practices - which would dramatically cut waste, boost the use of eco-conscious materials, and transform social attitudes around consumption.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Business; Sustainability; Innovation; Green; PopTech 2009
|Kathryn Schulz: Being Wrong - PopTech|
Kathryn Schulz is an expert on being wrong. The journalist and author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margins of Error," says we make mistakes all the time. The trouble is that often times being wrong feels like being right. What's more, we're usually wrong about what it even means to make mistakes--and how it can lead to better ideas.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Culture; Business; Psychology; PopTech 2010
|Sound and science with Jad Abumrad - PopTech|
From crayfish hairs to monkey neurons, Radiolab host and producer Jad Abumrad shares examples of how sound has been used to make scientific strides. Along the way, he explains how audio can convey failure or express error.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2010; Biology; Music; Mind; Funny
|Aydogan Ozcan: Mobile Microscopes - PopTech|
UCLA professor Aydogan Ozcan has discovered how to convert cellphones into microscopes by relying on shadow imaging instead of expensive optics. In time, the ability to conduct tests and detect infectious diseases by leveraging mobile technologies in resource-poor settings could transform public health.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Mobile; Medicine; Development; PopTech 2009; Technology
|Kim Cobb: How Climate Changes - PopTech|
Kim Cobb studies the climate variability of the past in order to construct a sense of what we can expect in the future. Having a clearer sense of rainfall, for example, over the next 100 years will be incredibly valuable in informing public policy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Environment; Climate; PopTech 2010; Evolution